Cancer is a terrifying reality for pet-parents. Every year more than 12 million dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer. It can be heart-wrenching to be informed that your dog has cancer because cancer is much more than a disease. A variety of factors is responsible to cause cancer, which we cannot control, such as age, genetics, environmental pollution and electromagnetic rays. But, the main factor seems to be the way in which we have treated our environment and the lifestyle that we have adapted for our convenience.
Cancer is like a mountain lion, you need to find something more ferocious to kill it first before it kills your pet. Cancer can strike a dog at any age. It can be painful to see your furry pal going through the treatment and you may wonder if there is any other alternative. There has been a lot of buzz about cancer symptoms, prevention and conventional treatments. Hence, on this pet cancer awareness month, it’s time to spread awareness about holistic treatment for dogs with cancer.
Ian Billinghurst B.V.Sc – Creator of the BARF Diet quoted that-
“The conventional approach is to bombard an already compromised body. If these treatments don’t kill the patient immediately, they usually lead to a more damaging and aggressive form of cancer.
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It is crucial to understand the different methods of holistic treatment to treat cancer in dogs.
The list of holistic treatment for dogs with cancer:
Any cancer prevention or treatment program begins with diet. The amount of sugar and carbohydrates in commercial dog foods highly contributes to fuel cancer cells in dogs. Many types of cancer utilize glucose from carbohydrates as fuel. It is imperative to provide a low-carbohydrate diet to fight cancer in dogs. Moreover, even the holistic veterinarians frequently recommend a diet that has moderate to high and low-carbohydrate and protein level for cancer patients.
2. Chinese Treatment
Traditional Chinese Treatment plays an important part to treat cancer in dogs. The Coriolus Versicolor Mushroom is used in traditional Chinese treatment. The research found that the dogs diagnosed with cancer when treated with this mushroom had the longest survival times ever reported for dogs with the disease. Moreover, many herbs are renowned for their anti-tumor or anti-cancer effects. Essiac and the Hoxsey formula are the two herbal formulas widely used in cancer care.
Homeopathy offers a gentle approach to treat cancer in dogs. It not only treats just the lesion or condition but the patient as a whole. The homeopathic approach views the patient as one disease, comprised of his physical, mental and emotional symptoms. Some homeopaths also claim that homeopathy alone is efficient to cure cancer. It should be a part of any cancer-fighting regimen as there are no side effects and it is easy to administer.
4. Hemp Based Products
CBD and other hemp-based products are proven to have an anti-tumor effect. CBD oil helps to strengthen the immune system and is also known to shrink tumors. Hemp based products also help dogs ease the symptoms associated with cancer. Daily administration of this oil can also stop cancer from spreading to other parts of the body.
5. Hyperbaric Therapy
This dog cancer treatment lays emphasis on increasing the amount of pure oxygen that your dog receives. Since the root of all problems is the lack of oxygen in tumors, it is a simple solution to provide more oxygen to tumors. Hyperbaric therapy involves putting your dog in the chamber where the oxygen levels can be increased. The process encourages oxygen to be quickly absorbed and dissolved into the bloodstream at an expedited rate.
“Conventional treatment is more cancer-oriented and holistic treatment is more patient-oriented.”
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Instead of running for opting conventional treatment to cure cancer, prefer the holistic approach for dogs with cancer. So, now when you have an idea about the efficacy of implementing holistic treatment, this Pet Cancer Awareness Month, spread awareness to pet parents about this super effective treatment for their four-legged buddies.